There are some pretty awesome family vacations that I want to take my children on but there’s a super big problem; they all are surrounded by water. I grew up loving annual houseboat trips, weekends at the beach, trips to the lake house and summers at the local pool. I really want my kids to enjoy all of these same things, but having four little ones near water has always been terrifying to me.
Well, for spring break, we finally did it, we took our kids on the scariest spring break I could ever imagine — we went to the ocean in York, Maine. We stayed at our friend’s super gorgeous house on a bluff with the ocean below. There was a swimming pool full of ice (it’s off season, ya know) and a hot tub that seems very attractive to little kids. Also, there were rocks to climb that were full of special things to see and one rogue wave could snatch you away or one slippery rock could toss you into the freezing water. Of course we tried to be attentive 100% of the time, but we all know those stories that start with, “I was making dinner and the kids were watching tv downstairs, and the little one just slipped outside because she wanted to see the ocean and climb the rocks.”
Luckily, this isn’t one of those stories.
Drowning is the #1 cause of death for children ages 1- 4, and the #3 for ages 5 – 19. Nearly 70% of children who drown do so during a non-swim time. This is one of the many reasons Indy with Kids is proud to partner with Goldfish Swim School to share our swim story with local parents looking for swim lessons in Indy.
My spring break was amazing. I was on high alert but I felt confident, and not because I felt like my children’s swimming skills could win in a match up with the ocean and mother nature, but because I knew that along with the typical swimming lessons skills, the teachers at Goldfish Swim School have taught my children water safety skills and we have reinforced them when we’re near water — like, don’t go in the water without an adult and avoid potential dangers (hello frozen swimming pool).
Goldfish focuses on water safety more than anything else and this little acronym goes a long way in helping your kids remember the rules when it comes to water safety;
Wear your life jacket!
Act. Throw! Don’t go.
Take swimming lessons.
Educate, learn swim safety skills.
Respect, play it cool and follow the rules.
This week we really reinforced the R in “water” and discussed the most important rules we have in our family when it comes to swimming and being around water.
While this could have been a scary spring break location for some families, I felt very good about being in such a beautiful space with the people we love!
If you’re interested in getting your children in swim lessons, we recommend Goldfish Swim School. We have been members at Goldfish Swim School in Carmel for over two years and many of our friends are members at the Goldfish Swim School Fishers location. Also, did you hear that Goldfish Swim School will be opening a Greenwood location this year?!
In addition to their perpetual year-round swim lessons, Goldfish Swim School offers Jump Start Clinics; 30 minutes each day for one week, Monday through Friday, your child will be able to practice and build upon their swim skills.
This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2020.